Converse Rubber Tracks Hackathon

All-day Hackathon at the Converse HQ in downtown Boston today. Starting at 9AM, along side my friend and awesome front-end developer, Dan Norton, and a bunch of other wildly talented developers we began coming up with ideas. The problem: Build new technology applications which utilize the Rubber Tracks Sample Library API created by indabamusic.com.

The solution we came up with was to leverage Twitter’s API and the Rubber Tracks Sample Library together as a way to create songs based on tweets. Dan dusted off some work he had done previously with Sound Manager and the Twitter/Node extension. We called the application ‘Twaural’. Here’s the deck we presented and a link to the LIVE APP.

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UPDATE: Among all the fantastic developers Dan and I took home some swag and tied for 3rd place in the voting (which happened around 1:30AM).

View on GitHub: https://github.com/imnotdannorton/twaural

 

SRCCON in Minneapolis, MN

A fun few days in Minnesota at SRCCON 2015 (lovely pictures on Instagram). Wasn’t sure what to think going into the conference, but whatever preconceived notions I had DID NOT MATTER. It was unlike any conference I have been to. Instead of a list of industry leading professionals talking at you from behind a microphone, we spent 2 days in front of microphones talking about the Techno-Journo industry and how we can all make it better through process. Tons of rich discourse, experiments and hacks happened each day. Here’s my reflection from each of the talks I attended:

Day 1 – Reflections

Become a Better Programmer Through Mundane Programming (2/5)
Daniel Nguyen, Geoff Hing

  • Dan and Geoff presented concepts on how to filter task normal done in Excel and developers talked about fails. Look into using curl and wget to scrape sites. could be a interesting way to break out boring tasks or data into fun side projects

Everyone Is an Illustrator: Making Your Own Art When None Exists (4/5)
Arjuna Soriano, Kavya Sukumar

  • Kavya (Knight Fellow at Vox) and Arjuna (front end dev) walked through exercises from Linda Barry’s Syllabus. Draw for 8 minutes a day. Think about the setting (who, what, why) in order to construct a narrative. Put unlike object together (tattoos on bridge, binoculars on rats) and show humor in simple ways (unsuccessful projects end up on your head).

Building Strong Journo-Tech Networks—Internationally (3/5)
Anika Gupta, Gabriela Rodriguez

  • A short session on Journalism abroad and the struggles to retain connections with community. Anika and Gabriela. Both strong journalists and developers. Fun to discuss what makes a successful news org and hear the trend that veteran news folks are becoming entrepreneurs in China, as well as internationally.

Taking Web Accessibility Beyond Assumptions (3/5)
Ryan Murphy

  • Ryan Murphy led a conversation (with no real answers) about accessibility within organizations. Is it an after thought? Should we provide more business value to it? How do we make it a line item? How do we create empathy for the user instead of just getting in their shoes. Include them. Ask more specific screener questions that ask: Would you consider yourself disadvantaged?

Recruiting and Hiring People Not Wishlists (3/5)
Erika Owens, Helga Salinas, Ted Han

  • Fun way to end the day. Three folks led the conversation about Hiring Managers vs. Applicants. What we’d like to see. How to make the process better? Overall a clear and jargon-less process is crucial. Along with an understanding of the role for any applicant would be best. Where as the hiring manager also considers process, but thinks about crudless development.
  • Talked with Ted from DocumentCloud about CP RE: how they interact with certain data.

Lightning Talks (5/5)

Day 2

Let’s Act Out Code Concepts to Help Teach Them (4/5)
Matt Waite

  • After asking what concepts would be beneficial to teach n00bs to development, Matt had us break out in to groups and come up with way—or skits—to act out those concepts. Here’s the result: https://github.com/mattwaite/programming-skits

Let’s Stop Worrying and Let Our Reporters Make Their Own Graphics (4/5)
David Yanofsky, Becky Bowers

  • RUN, FIX, KILL. After being show a chart, we were asked in our groups if we’d run it, fix it or kill it. A fun way to talk about how visual charts should be instantly understandable and if they aren’t we should talk about them. There was also a lively debate between myself and Becky about the merits of the “block chart”
  • More at: Bit.ly/yano-bowers

What (Front-End) Tools Do You Use? (5/5)
Alan Palazzolo, Justin Heideman

Surviving the News Business: Self-Care and Overcoming Burnout (3/5)
Alyson Hurt, Tiff Fehr

  • A little bit of “Love Thy Neighbor” and having empathy go a long way to prevent Lost “Puppies” or Curmudgeon-y “Barnacles”.
  • A great way to judge yourself 1.) try 360 reviews if you dare, or 2.) https://www.flickr.com/photos/livlab/3056828148/

After the Altar Call: Maintaining Momentum, Community, and Inspiration Beyond Conferences (2/5)
Kaeti Hinck, Millie Tran

  • Great conversation about staying in touch with your community. Let’s do more of that.
  • Follow the #nerdlist channel on Slack for more insight.

We didn’t lose! Queue the Prince…oh no, let’s go…get beers and watch women’s soccer!

Also, if the above is insufficient and you still need more, I recommend the brief from David Yanovsky (@YAN0) of QZ: http://data.qz.com/srccon-daily-brief/

And the official Etherpad: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/SRCCON2015-onward

Shout-Outs: Thrillist Boston

No better way to beat a case of “The Mondays” than by waking up and seeing your own work in your inbox. Just want to thank everyone at Thrillist Boston for making me part of the Boston local discourse. Read more at  http://www.thrillist.com/home-gadgets/boston/russ-gossett-illustration_art

Do the opposite of what Billy Ocean wants, and get out of the car and onto the edgy arteries of Allston via highlighted scenes of Cambridge & North Beacon Streets, Allston Alley, and even a digital drypoint that depicts a young boy looking at an information kiosk/ city map and is titled Lost in Boston, also a spinoff series in which Jack and the group find themselves crash landed on a beach in Southie, and must find their way back to the Red Line without taking the Number 9 bus (Spoiler Alert: No one survives).

Read more: http://thrillist.com//home-gadgets/boston/russ-gossett-illustration_art#ixzz1oFxfngO4

New Work: ‘63 Columbia Thunderbolt

Lately I have been drawing more than I have in months and what I’ve found; a new digital workflow, endless possibilities using Photoshop, and a shitload of fun mixing my design techniques and my hand-drawn style.

Back in November I posted a new work titled Ode du Bicyclett. This is a continuation of my investigation on that same 1963 Columbia Thunderbolt.

 

The Technique

1.) Photograph—originally shot August 2010 in Rocky Neck, MA.
2.) Clean and chop up in Photoshop.
3.) Printing it out, and draw on top with ink and charcoal.
4.) Bring it back in to Photoshop and colorize.

 

The Results



See the step-by-step process, visit http://russgossett.com/process/

Cover Design: Round One

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I was recently asked to design a book jacket for a book by Michael Philion. The book deals with the Native American game Baggattaway, or modern day lacrosse. Philion references Pontiac’s Uprising (1763) in the book and how the Native Americans brutally defeat the British by tricking them into a game of Baggattaway. Sculptor Jud Hartmann‘s brozed piece called A Cherokee Ball Game (2007) was used as reference for the cover. Here are just a few of the early digital sketches of the cover.

The New Site is a GO!

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I’m very excited about having the new site up. I will be uploading more content to it as the process keeps on rolling. I’m looking into finishing up a few things, like getting individual design looks for each project. Showing some more of the concepts that led to the final design and also giving you the ability to purchase archival prints of my illustrations.

I appreciate you coming by to read the news and check out my work. Thanks.